Rimmers Music | Blog


How To Avoid Latency

Latency is an issue we all come across when recording from home, however, there are a number of different solutions to this issue that are simple to do for anyone at any stage of recording. What is latency? Audio latency refers to a short period of delay (usually measured in milliseconds) between when an audio signal enters and when it emerges from a system. In computer-based audio systems a certain amount of latency, known as audio buffering, is necessary to ensure that playback, recording and processing result in an error-free... Read More


Takamine presents Stuart Ryan Masterclass

On Saturday 10th November we are hosting an exciting event with Takamine in our Bolton store. We are inviting you to come along to see a world-class guitarist in action with a masterclass. Award-winning musician Stuart Ryan is regarded as one of the UK’s finest acoustic/electric guitarists. He began his professional career in 2002 when he was awarded Guitarist Magazine’s ‘Acoustic Guitarist of The Year’ and cemented his reputation with countless live appearances at concert halls, guitar festivals and clubs across the UK and Europe. A personal invitation by Martin Taylor... Read More


Why Am I Not Progressing With My Instrument?

The prospect of being in a rut with your progression is a definite struggle. You may be finding it hard to find the time in your day to do the hour or two of practice your teacher tells you to do, or you might be practising and it is taking you nowhere. The truth is, you don’t NEED to do two hours of practice every day to progress! Even if you take just twenty to thirty minutes out of your day, you can still progress and practising won’t seem like... Read More


What Should I Learn First? Piano Or Keyboard? Why?

Through my career, as a part-time music teacher, I have been asked many times, “which should I learn, keyboard or piano? And why? The keyboard is easier, isn’t it?” Well here goes, firstly I don’t think either is any easier than the other, they both have their elements of difficulty associated with learning the relevant skill of playing that instrument. True they both need coordination of both hands and of course learning the notes of music. But, it’s in the technical understanding, of the purpose of the hands on the... Read More


What Strings Should I Buy?

Buying a set of strings especially if you don’t know the differences between them can be a fairly confusing process. Strings are thicker gauges and thinner gauges. Different sets of strings are better for specific genres of music. For example, I use Ernie Ball, not even slinky’s which are great for heavy rock and heavy metal as they are heavy gauge strings. The gauge on the strings are 12-56 and you get a lot of tone from the heavy bottom string so all those chugs will sound brutal in your... Read More


The Yamaha CVP 705

Not only does the CVP-705 feature the incredibly realistic touch of an acoustic grand piano due to its Natural Wood X Keyboard made from wood dried specifically for use in musical instruments, synthetic ivory keytops to prevent fingers from slipping and escapement mechanism much like that of an acoustic piano, but it also boasts an abundance of additional features to make playing a more exciting experience for both beginners and skilled pianists. The touchscreen on the front panel makes choosing from the huge selection of voices, songs and styles incredibly... Read More


What Guitar Amp Should I Buy?

When it comes to selecting a suitable amplifier for your electric guitar the range of choices can be initially confusing. With so many different amps on the market, how can you be sure that the one you want is going to be suitable for what you need? Well, to make it easier you should ask yourself a few questions: What will I be using it for? Bedroom practice? Home recording? rehearsals or live gigs? Bedroom amps are usually small and compact, easy to use and low in wattage. A popular... Read More


Which CLP Should You Buy?

When looking for a new digital piano, the options can be overwhelming, but one name that will always appear is Clavinova. The CLP range of Clavinovas is Yamaha’s flagship range of digital pianos, and the current 600 series are their most advanced models yet. Every piano in this series features the voices of a CFX Grand and Bösendorfer Imperial; these are both fantastic pianos that immediately elevate the instrument to a high standard of sound. For the first time, Clavinovas now include a binaural sampling of the CFX. With the... Read More


Yamaha Genos Concert

Whether you are already a proud owner of Genos, or you are just interested in what Yamaha’s latest workstation has to offer, or you simply just love music…We are inviting you to enjoy an evening with world-class musicians. We are giving you the opportunity to experience a world class instrument, in the hands of world-class musicians. John Maul – Thursday 25th October John Maul is an incredible musician who has been working in the music industry for decades. John can be found on arena stages across the globe, and he... Read More


Restringing Your Electric Guitar?

Not as hard as it would seem?? Just take it slow and everything will fall into place. As I mentioned previously, get your tools ready, cleaning cloths to hand and if you like, a guitar wrest can be pretty helpful but not essential. Put a towel down on your work surface, even some paper towels just stop the guitar picking up any scratches. Give your guitar a once over at this point, check your jack socket, tighten if necessary, check both of your strap buttons, tighten if necessary. If you’re... Read More